Leaving The City Of Regret

I had not really planned on taking a trip this time of year, and yet I found myself packing rather hurriedly. This trip was going to be unpleasant and I knew in advance that no real good would come of it. I'm talking about my annual "GUILT TRIP"

I got tickets to fly there on "WISH I HAD" airlines. It was an extremely short flight. I got my baggage,which I could not check. I chose to carry it myself all the way. It was weighed down with a thousand memories of what "MIGHT HAVE BEEN".

No one greeted me as I entered the terminal to the "REGRET CITY" International Airport. I say International because people from all over the world come to this dismal town.

As I checked into the "LAST RESORT" Hotel, I noticed that they would be hosting the year's most important event, the "ANNUAL PITY PARTY". I wasn't going to miss that great social occasion. Many of the towns leading citizens would be there.

First there would be the "DONE FAMILY", you know, "SHOULD HAVE", "WOULD HAVE", COULD HAVE". Then came the "I HAD" family. You probably know old "WISH" and his clan. Of course, the "OPPORTUNITIES" would be present, "MISSED" and "LOST". The biggest family would be the YESTERDAYS". There are far too many of them to count, but each one would have a very sad story to share.

Then "SHATTERED DREAMS" would surely make an appearance and "IT'S THEIR FAULT"would tell us stories (excuses) about how things had failed in his life. And each story would be loudly applauded by "DON'T BLAME ME" and "I COULDN'T HELP IT".

Well to make a long story short, I went to this depressing party knowing that there would be no real benefit in doing so. And, as usual, I became very depressed. But as I thought about all this, it occurred to me that this trip and the subsequent "PITY PARTY" could be canceled by "ME"

I started to realize that I did not have to be there. I didn't have to be depressed. One thing kept going through my mind, I can't change "YESTERDAY", but I do have the power to make "TODAY" a wonderful day. I can be happy, joyous, fulfilled, encouraged, as well as encouraging. Knowing this, I left the "CITY OF REGRET" immediately and left no forwarding address.

Am I sorry for the mistakes I've made in the past? Yes, but there is no physical way to undo them. So if you're planning a trip back to the "CITY OF REGRET" please cancel your reservations now. Instead, take a trip to a place called "STARTING AGAIN". I like it so much that I have now taken up permanent residence there. My neighbors, the "I FORGIVE MYSELVES" and the "NEW STARTS" are so very helpful.

By the way, you don't have to carry around heavy baggage, because the load is lifted from your shoulders upon arrival.

God bless you in finding this great town, if you can find it..(it's in your own heart), please look me up. I live on "I CAN DO IT STREET".

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